How To Make A Successful Career Change

Seek reports that in Australia, 57% of people have made a career change before and 19% have done so in the last twelve months. If you have been thinking its time for a career change, here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative:

Take A Step Back

A good place to start is by taking a step back and having an honest self-assessment. A career change can mean significant life changes, not just work changes. What do you want from your career? Are you prepared to do to reach your end goal? What makes if unhappy about your current job? By evaluating your situation and asking yourself these easy questions you can help set up you for success.


If you are feeling uncertain, a good way to get all your ideas out is to ‘brainstorm’ your career change. Write down your ideas, research alternatives, start networking and even seek the advice from a career counselor.


By seeking a career change you may be required to possess specific experience. Be sure to research your options and investigate your educational opportunities. By networking as suggested in the above point, you can also speak to those directly in the field you are seeking to enter. They will be able to provide you with real-life advice and experience to help you on your journey.

A New Job In The Same Industry?

Considering an alternative role within the industry you are experienced in, could be the change you needed. Have a chat with your employer and see what options could be available for you to grow with the company.

When you’re ready to start applying for jobs in your new industry, be sure to write a cover letter that reflects your aspirations, as well a resume that is refocused based on your new goals. Check out The Recruitment Alternative’s job board for new employment opportunities. Also, take a look at our job seeker help center for more tips and suggestions to assist you on your job seeking journey.

Are you seeking a career change?

Are you thinking about making a career change but can’t seem to take the necessary steps to make it happen? Does the thought of starting fresh in a new job and the thought of dealing with Recruitment Agencies overwhelm you?

Sounds like fear may be holding you back from taking the leap. When making the transition across industries in particular, for example you may be a Receptionist looking for a new career in Human Resources, this fear and doubt can intensify.  Whilst finding a new job can be overwhelming, having the right tools and mindset will go a long way in helping you navigate the process.

Mindset Tips

* Don’t get caught in analysis paralysis; if there’s a role that sparks your interest or a company you would love to work for, take steps to make it happen. Make a list of the pros and cons the new role will afford you, both personally and professionally. Try not to overthink it and compare it to your current role.

* Good things happen outside your comfort zone; When you’ve been in a job for some time it’s easy to want to stay as it feels comfortable rather than take a risk and try something new. If you’re thinking about making a change, particularly to a new industry such as Administration to Sales, there’s a good chance it’s because you know it’s time for a new opportunity. Give it a go, what have you got to lose?!

* Trust your instincts; Only you know what feels right so check in with yourself if you feel doubt creep in. Think about why you might be resisting and know that when fear presents itself, it usually means you are on the right track.

* Seek support; Change can be uncomfortable but you don’t have to go it alone. If you are concerned about not having a current resume, or whether you have the skills necessary for a new career, seek support. There are great tools available at your disposal including information that’s available on The Recruitment Alternative website.


At The Recruitment Alternative, we recruit across a wide range of industry sectors. Wherever you are in Australia or New Zealand, we have you covered. Our experienced consultants recruit for roles in the areas of Customer Service, Digital Marketing, I.T, Retail and much more. Not only do we showcase all of our current vacancies on our website, we also have an amazing Jobseeker Resource Centre to support you as you make the transition to a new job or career. You can access it here: